When to Go?

Best Time to Visit Zanzibar

With average daily temperatures not changing much between 29°C and 32°C (84°F and 89°F) throughout the year, the question of when to go to Zanzibar largely depends on what else you want to combine it with and how much rain you are prepared to risk.

The best time to visit Zanzibar is during the cooler, dry months June to October as well as from December to February when it’s hot and mostly dry. The best times to scuba dive in Zanzibar are generally considered to be in July and August and again in February and March. Rain is heaviest in April, May and November.

If you want to see the wildebeest migration, then timing is important: the herds are in the Masai Mara from June to October and in the Serengeti between November and June.

Dec Jan Feb
Hot & dry – one of best times to visit Zanzibar; Feb & Mar are good dive months
Mar Apr May
Rainy season – peak rains in April & May
Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Warm & dry – great time for Zanzibar & best combined with Masai Mara; July & Aug are good dive months
Short rainy season – good time to combine with Serengeti

What To Do

Activities to Look Forward to

1. Hit the Beach

Encircled by golden beaches, Zanzibar delivers the quintessential beach experience – go for an early morning stroll & then retire to a shady hammock to recharge. Head north & east for Zanzibar’s best beaches.

2. Dive the Reefs

Zanzibar’s coral reefs & those of its outlying islands are justly famous for their pristine nature & amazing diversity; the snorkelling is great & several lodges specialise in scuba diving – ask us for more information.

3. Get on the Water

Zanzibar was made for water-lovers: its lodges offer sailing, kayaking, kite-surfing, water-skiing & wind-surfing as well as fishing trips & sedate sunset dhow cruises.

4. Get on Two Wheels

Hire a motorbike or scooter for the day & explore the island at your own pace, stopping off for a lunch & chat with the locals.

5. Tour Stone Town

The historic capital of Zanzibar is a world heritage site & home to a beguiling atmosphere of local markets, crumbling colonial architecture & cobbled back streets.

6. Visit a Desert Island

Mnemba is a tiny island about a kilometre off north-east Zanzibar; its reefs provide excellent snorkelling & diving & the island is also a nesting site for turtles.

7. Order a Table for Two

Zanzibar’s exotic pedigree & luxurious accommodation have long made it a favourite for romantic travel; several lodges specialise in honeymoons & offer indulgent suites & private dining – ask us for more information.

8. Bring the Family

Several Zanzibar hotels & beach lodges welcome families with children; you’ll find large family rooms, swimming pools, kids’ activities plus warm, shallow & safe ocean swimming with made-for-sandcastles beaches.

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